Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 4:14pm

By Ali McDowall

City will look to heap yet more misery on their rivals tonight in their Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg.

With the reigning Premier League champions having all but relinquished their crown to an imperious Liverpool side, Pep Guardiola will be looking to continue his side’s cup competition dominance. 

Should the Sky Blues keep their 3-1 aggregate lead intact then they will be on course to secure their fifth domestic trophy since the start of 2018 and third Carabao Cup win in a row. 

On the other hand, United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær are hoping to end the club’s three year wait for a trophy but must overcome a 2-goal deficit against a side that has won five out of the last seven Manchester derbies. 

Floundering in fifth place in the Premier League and in dreadful form, the Red Devils stand 17 points behind their city rivals and are coming off the back of their first home defeat to Burnley for over 57 years; the odds are heavily stacked against them.

The only saving grace for Solskjær and his players will be recent history; they have beaten this City side earlier in the season and also achieved miraculous feats of recovery before against PSG in last season’s Champions League. Only time will tell whether they can replicate the heroics of that remarkable night. 

Team News

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal for tonight’s defence of their 3-1 aggregate lead. 

Whilst Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte may all require late fitness tests before confirming their selection, the likes of Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, and Sergio Aguero are all fit and ready after being rested for City’s 4-0 thrashing of Fulham in the FA Cup.

Leroy Sane remains on the sidelines but the Sky Blues have more than enough firepower to dispatch this weakened United side. 

Manchester United

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer is hopeful of naming an unchanged side with just a slight knock to Nemanja Matic being the only concern. 

Matic came off in the Reds’ FA Cup tie away to Tranmere at the weekend after pulling up but Solskjaer is waiting as long as possible before making a call on his selection. 

Aaron Wan Bissaka and David De Gea look to make returning appearances to the side despite Sergio Romero’s fine form in goal. 

Long term injuries to Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, and talisman Marcus Rashford automatically rule them out of contention.

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